MUNNAR: The NIA let off Bihar resident Jameel Suffikal, 23, as it could not find any connection between him and the Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorists, Zia-ur-Rehman alias Waqas, of Pakistan, and Tehsin Akhtar alias Monu, whom he had helped get a cottage in the hill station.
The three-member NIA team from Kochi interrogated Jameel until late Friday night and released him by issuing a direction asking him to appear whenever summoned in connection with the case, the police said. The missing of Jameel for a few months, earlier this year, had made the police suspicious of his links with the terrorists.
According to the police, Jameel had gone to Bihar to celebrate Holi this year and had remained there for some months. Jameel landed in Munnar on Thursday night and was taken into custody by the Munnar police on Friday morning as the NIA was looking for him.The two terrorists were believed to be in Munnar for a few months in late 2013 and early 2014.
Terror suspect Zia-ur-Rehman alias Waqas of Pakistan was arrested from Ajmer some months ago. Three days after his arrest Tehsin Akhtar alias Monu was arrested from Naxalbari in Darjeeling in West Bengal.